Nova Scotia Wildfire Statistics

           
As of : February 17, 2008        
           
Number of Fires and Area Burned        
           
Year 10 Year Average   2006 2007  
Number of Fires 323.5   234.0 393  
Area Burned (Ha) 779.9   1576.4 711.8  
Average Size (Ha) 2.4   6.7 1.8  
           
Fires by Month in 2007   General Cause of 2007 Fires  
           
Month # of Fires   General Cause Number Percentage
March 18   Forest Industries 8 2%
April 154   Arson 152 39%
May 165   Lightning 2 1%
June 16   Misc. Known 10 3%
July 15   Other Industry 9 2%
August 19   Railroad 3 1%
September 2   Recreation 30 8%
October 3   Residential 133 34%
November 1 Unknown 46 16%
Total 393   Total   100%
           
Fires by County in 2007     Fires by Origin in 2007
           
County Total Number   Total Area Fire Origin Area
Annapolis 14   24.6 DND 0.0
Antigonish 8   13 Licensed Crown 10.7
Cape Breton 118   175.4 First Nations 2.4
Colchester 11   12.9 Private Land 654.9
Cumberland 13   77.5 Provincial Park 0.0
Digby 12   7.4 Unlicensed Crown 43.8
Guysborough 9   26.3 Total 711.8
Halifax 32   46.3    
Hants 28   101.1    
Inverness 11   8.0    
Kings 38   10.8    
Lunenberg 16   12.1    
Pictou 15   19.0    
Queens 8   1.4    
Richmond 10   11.6    
Shelburne 13   36.5    
Victoria 2   0.1    
Yarmouth 35   127.8    
Total 393   711.8